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Board continues with removal of programs and instructor Sammie Wilkins Managing Editor The College of Lake County continues with the termination of five individual programs, as well as with the honorable dismissal of one of its full-time faculty members. The five programs are being eliminated from the college due to each program failing to meet the specific requirements needed to justify their renewal here at CLC. “Two to three years ago, a commission was established to come up with a system to see if a program was successful or not along with a way of evaluating those metrics to measure future success of a program,” said CLC board chair Richard Anderson. Such standards that these programs have been failing to abide by can be summarized as not producing enough tangible tracking information on its students once they leave CLC, and therefore resulting in the college lacking the ability to observe its students’ job success rate in the real world. The programs being cut for this reason are architectural technology, civil technology, construction management, education paraprofessional, and emergency disaster management. Another justification for the discontinuation of these programs, along with the dismissal of a full time faculty member, is due to the small number of students actually participating in each of these programs. “The college has never in its history let a full time faculty member go,” Anderson said. “It is something we take with a very heavy
heart, but on the other hand, we cannot continue to use taxpayer money to fund a few students and a small program.” One of the CLC goals states that it will “help students identify and work toward their educational goals and prepare them to participate in the workforce.” That being said, it raises a question as to if eliminating these programs really do help all its students achieve their individual “educational goals.” “Within ten years, the demands for architecture majors will go up about seven percent, and I cannot remember the exact numbers for construction management technology, but it was even greater than that,” said David Petrulis, CLC architecture technology professor. “And that is according to the federal labor standards,” he said. “I don’t think it hurts a lot of students, but it did provide an opportunity for those students to greatly improve their standard of living. That’s the unfortunate part.” The idea of supporting every student on their own path to success is a main conflict of interest between the college and Petrulis himself. CLC is focused on using taxpayers money to benefit as many students as possible, and by doing so, eliminating smaller programs with little to no turnout, so they can put the money towards funding or improving other programs. “This is part of what is going on in Springfield right now,” Anderson said. “If the tax payers in Illinois are saying through the representatives in Springfield that they want to revamp higher
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education, there are so many programs that are taught in universities that have to be cut due to small numbers. It comes down to if we really want to continue these programs and waste taxpayer
transfer program, but when the administration looked into it, it was impractical,” Anderson said. Anderson said the transfer schools, such as University of Illinois and IIT,
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dollars or not.” Petrulis, on the other hand, wishes for CLC to be a place to help everyone achieve their goals and academic dreams, whether the program is popular or not, taking the mission statement of the college to heart. “If you compare construction management technology to architecture, we are much, much smaller,” Petrulis said. “But CLC was one of the few places that disadvantaged or minority people could rely on if they were looking to obtain a career in the design and construction field.” “As a community, are we a college that would want to support architecture as a course of study and a discipline here at CLC solely for what else it adds to our community?” he said. In order to still accommodate the students interested in architecture technology, Petrulis pitched the idea of a transfer architecture program with other colleges; however, it was denied by the administration. “He actually suggested a
“prefer their own students and do not have a way of transferring in others.” With the termination of the college’s current architecture technology program and the refusal of the architecture transfer program proposal, Petrulis was honorably dismissed from his faculty position at CLC early 2018. There is much speculation within the college amongst fellow faculty on whether or not the college is justified in dismissing a full time professor. However, this is something that both parties have been aware of for at least two years. “Petrulis was informed about two years ago that the program was not doing well and was going to be disbanded, and the claims that he was not aware of it are a bit ingenuous,”Anderson said. “I was informed of it two to three years ago when a foreign student was thinking about being transferred into the program, that it would be disbanded, and he was informed around the same time I was.” When Petrulis was first
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informed of the conclusion of the architecture program, it was anticipated that he would enhance his credentials, so he could teach a different computer course, but this did not occur. “The thought was that Mr. Petrulis would make his credentials better, so that he could teach something else, but he did not,” Anderson stated. “He is qualified to teach computer and design courses, but to my understanding there are many different programs in computer and design, and he is only knowledgeable in one, so that may now be an issue.” CLC’s faculty union is also involved with the situation in legal defense of Petrulis, and his position as a faculty member at CLC. Craig Rich, president of the faculty union, has not yet responded to a phone call and an email. “Is this part of the collective bargaining agreement or is it part of labor law? It’s part of both, but it’s also partly labor law as part of the Illinois Community College Act,” Anderson said. The Illinois Community College Act provides guidelines on dismissing faculty members. “You have to dismiss a faculty member within 60 to 90 days before the end of the semester so that he/she has plenty of time to find other work,” Anderson said. “It begins the collective bargaining act between the college and Petrulis, on what else they can do with him.” According to the Board, Petrulis is on a two-year grace period, in which he will be return to CLC if he can receive the appropriate credentials to teach another course in computer and design.
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Lakeshore renovations expand student space Melanie Bobbitt Copy Editor The College of Lake County will begin construction on Lakeshore campus building renovations and expansion beginning this May. The construction is expected to last until May 2021 and have a budget of $47,902,261. There are a number of issues that the college hopes to address with these renovations. First, the Lakeshore campus requires more space for classrooms, enrollment and administration services, career placement, the life sciences, and child care. There will also be additional space for student interaction, which includes the availability of food options. The campus aims to focus on healthcare careers like dental hygiene, medical office assisting, phlebotomy, and certified nursing assistant. The project was originally approved in 2012, but was stopped by the State of Illinois because of the state’s financial crisis. The renovations and expansion will raise in-district tuition and fees and students registering for the fall 2018-
2019 semester will pay $141 per credit hour, compared to 10 years ago when tuition and fees were only $95 per credit hour. The aesthetic for the new building, which is estimated to take up 53,090 square feet, is meant to complement the already-standing buildings, specifically the Globe building. A number of factors were taken into consideration for the new buildings design— factors like scale, massing, color, and the materials already used on the Globe building (33 North Genesee). The new building is also meant to serve as a link between the existing City garage and the Globe building. This link will help increase the security and well-being of the students and faculty traveling between the buildings. In terms of the existing buildings, new finishes will be added and upgrades will be made to the infrastructure. For example, the facades on the 111 North Genessee building will be improved and developed to match the aesthetic of the new building as well as the Globe building. There is expected to be
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19,704 square feet of renovated areas. There will also be the redevelopment of the pedestrian “Quad,” which will be in the current Madison Street right of way.
The Quad will include outdoor seating areas, green space, a student drop-off circle, and parking spaces. The campus gateway, which is currently a pedestrian overpass, will be
renovated to help welcome students into the newlyrenovated campus. The Lakeshore campus was originally opened in Waukegan in 1981, and was last expanded in 1995.
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Trade schools offer other options for students Melanie Bobbitt Copy Editor
President Donald Trump has recently begun to call for more vocational schools instead of traditional fouryear colleges, saying that efforts to teach trades have diminished over the years. However, he did not elaborate any further or offer any plan of action. Trump used a former classmate of his as an example of someone who would benefit from vocational school. According to the president, his classmate wasn’t the “greatest student,” but could “fix a car engine blindfolded.” Despite his positive stance on vocational schools, Trump has been criticized for equating vocational schools with community colleges and for not recognizing how much vocational schools have developed over the years. During a speech, the president said, “And I think the word ‘vocational’ is a much better word than in many cases, a community college. A lot of people don’t know what a community college means or represents.” This comment caused people to wonder if Trump actually knows what a com-
munity college means or represents, as he apparently views community colleges and vocational schools as interchangeable, despite many differences. In many cases, students at community colleges are aiming to get a more reasonably priced education, or to transfer to a four year university or trade school. “I am not transferring exactly, as I am in a dental hygiene program here at the College of Lake County, which is essentially a trade at CLC,” said Lucy Alvarez, CLC student. More criticism followed after Trump described the opportunities offered by vocational schools in a very antiquated way. “You learn mechanical, you learn bricklaying, carpentry and all of these things,” Trump said. The president failed to recognize the wide range of trades that vocational schools offer, citing only laborious, physically demanding trades. Currently, vocational schools have programs not just in mechanical and carpentry fields, but in fields like nursing, culinary arts, and law enforcement. Vocational schools are a valid alternative to tradi-
tional four-year colleges and have many benefits. For example, since vocational schools focus on a student’s particular trade, it allows him or her to skip taking general education courses and get right to the skills that are relevant to his or her trade. In addition to saving a lot of time, this also saves the student a lot of money. Another benefit of vocational schools would be the hands-on education that is offered. Most vocational schools require labs, clinics, or onsite experiences, giving students more time in their field than in the classroom. Because of the flexibility of vocational schools, they are able to tailor their programs to meet the demand of what employers are looking for. This causes vocational schools to have high rates of job placement after graduation. It should also be noted that vocational schools have lower dropout rates and have students that are more likely to graduate on time, compared to four-year colleges. “Four year universities are important, but it is getting harder and harder to
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find jobs with a bachelor’s degree,” Alvarez said. “In trade schools, experience is just as important.” “My boyfriend does construction management, and he was told that five years of experience is equivalent to a bachelor’s degree,” Alvarez said. “While four year university degrees are important, experience is just as good.” This is not to say that vocational school is the right choice for everyone. Traditional colleges offer students a broad area of study and a strong educational foundation. This may benefit students who are unsure of what they
want to study or what career path to go down. “Both four year universities and trade schools are needed, but generally I feel that four years are a bit more important,” Mikey Williams, another CLC student, said. Traditional colleges also tend to have more theoretical instruction and focus on skills like critical thinking, teamwork, research, and problem solving. It also cannot be disputed that people with bachelor’s degrees (or higher) have larger earning potential than those without.
Administration recognizes CLC’s sustainability efforts
The College of Lake County is the top environmentally sustainable twoyear college in Illinois, second in the Midwest and sixth in the nation, the college’s Board of Trustees learned at its March 27 meeting. The ratings come from the Philadelphia-based Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, according to David Husemoller, CLC sustainability manager who presented at the meeting. “Students, faculty and staff play a key role in our sustainability efforts,” he said, noting that a new walking trail, scheduled for completion this summer, will contain signs promoting wellness and the college’s sustainable features, including a
geothermal heating and cooling system, solar panels, LED lighting and a campus farm. Additionally, nearly 200 CLC courses contain sustainability-related content. Incoming President Dr. Lori Suddick welcomed
The Board also welcomed incoming President Dr. Lori Suddick, who will begin May 1. She has served since 2009 as vice president of learning and chief academic officer for Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, a Green Bay, Wis.-based, multi-campus college serving about 8,000 students. Dr. Suddick has 18 years of experience working in two-year college leadership and faculty roles.
Following the Board’s February approval to restart the nearly $48 million expansion and renovation of the Lakeshore Campus, Waukegan Mayor Sam Cunningham thanked the board and Interim President Dr. Rich Haney. “I really appreciate what CLC has done for downtown Waukegan,” he said, noting the college’s perseverance amid state budget constraints. “Waukegan says thank you.” Board Chair Richard A. Anderson added, “The college is truly excited to be a part of a major construction project in downtown Waukegan, and we look forward to working with Mayor Cunningham on this and other efforts.”
Sean O. Hogan, Ph.D., executive director of CLC’s Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Planning and Research, updated the Board on research findings related to its strategic plan. The effort, known as an environmental scan, includes identifying occupations that have strong job prospects, pay a living wage, and require a postsecondary credential. Through a survey of local employers and by using federal data, Dr. Hogan identified 50 careers with highest growth prospects. Some of these occupations include careers in allied health care, auto mechanics, firefighters, police officers and truck drivers, and information technology.
CLC currently offers programs in all of these areas. Lake County Major Crimes Task Force In other news, the Board approved the College’s further participation in the Lake County Major Crimes Task Force. As a part of the task force, the CLC Police Department has provided units of local government with comprehensive investigative services for major crimes. The College has been active in the task force since 2012, working on more than 50 cases, according to CLC Police Chief Tom Guenther.
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CLC student recounts rare NASA experience Kevin Tellez Features Editor
College of Lake County student and honors scholar Nathaniel Leichty had the opportunity to visit NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas with a team of eight other students from Feb. 13-16. At the Space Center, Leichty was a member of one of four eight-person teams to partake in a competition to design and build a model of a rover to be used by NASA on their next mission to Mars. His team placed second in the competition. “I was given instructions to base the rover design off of, so it wasn’t particularly difficult to create a chassis and an arm,” Leichty said. “We weren’t given any specific instructions by the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars program coordinators,” he said. “We had free reign on how big, small, wide, tall, or long to make our rover,” he said. “I think we had the most compact rover out of
the four teams.” Leichty said he had some trouble with the arm design, but his team was able to make one with a 3D-printed part brought by one of his teammates. “Every day that we were at the complex, we had one or two walks by former or current NASA employees,” he said. “After our walks, the employees came and ate lunch with us so we could get to know them.” Leichty said his trip was four days of rover competition, networking, and touring facilities. “We didn’t have much time for anything else,” he said. “I got 14 hours of sleep over the four-day period.” “The most enjoyable aspect of the trip,” Leichty said, “was meeting all of the NASA employees and interns, as well as all of the tours they had taken us on.” Leichty and the other students saw the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory and Building 9 in the Johnson Space Center. “Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get to see the his-
Nathaniel Leichty, fourth from left, poses with other students during NASA trip Photo courtesy ofCLC Public Relations
toric Mission Control, but everything else was amazing,” he said. Leichty said that a big takeaway for him was how enjoyable it was to work with a diverse team of students. “People can come from all over with all sorts of backgrounds and beliefs and create a high-performing team,” Leichty said.
“Also, NASA employees are not über-geniuses with IQs of 180+ and PhDs from MIT,” he said. “They’re normal, driven, hardworking people.” Leichty said it was special to hear because “he had never even considered a career at NASA.” “It had seemed like an ultimately unreachable goal,” he said, “but after
four days of interacting with them, me and my fellow scholars had realized that these people were just normal.” Leichty’s advice for students in the STEM field is to “pursue it.” “It can’t be said enough,” he said. “This program is worth any and all effort you put into it.”
Computer Club hosts 24-hour LAN party Arturo Ramirez Staff Reporter
The College of Lake County’s Computer Club held their 24-Hour wLAN Party on Friday, March 16. “Our event is mainly held in T114, T115, T127, T128, T130, and T131,” said Computer Club adviser Jessica Winsett. “Some of those rooms were used for competitive tournaments, recreational gaming, or for just napping,” Winsett said. The event was hosted in different rooms that were close enough for people to gather into a common hall, where food and drinks were available to those who came across its tables. “Cafe Willow brought in pizzas, sodas, and cookies for those in attendance,” said Computer
Students play different games during the Computer Club’s 24-hour LAN party.
Club president David Parker. “We also had Tekken, and Smash Brothers tournaments going on during the event,
where the tournament’s winner receives a high-quality gaming headset.” Upon arriving to
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the event, anyone can grasp the vibe that the party gives off; there were rooms to sleep in, tournament rooms, board
game rooms, and leisurely video gaming rooms. The atmosphere was very friendly; any student at CLC was able to jump into any game and feel accepted. “I’ve been to 24-Hour LAN parties before, two to be specific,” said Eric Guo, a CLC student who had attended the event. “I mainly just hang out, play games, and enjoy what the club has to offer for us,” Guo said. “Overall, I do enjoy these events.” In total, there were about 50-75 people in and out for the LAN party, and just about everyone was there to have a good time and share it with others. To several of the students, the LAN party was a way to take a break in the midst of midterms or before their official Spring Break began.
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Gender neutral haircuts style CLC students Nick Sinclair
Layout Editor The College of Lake County’s LGBTQ+ Resource Center teamed up with Lake County Tech Campus’ Haircut Studio for their first Gender Neutral Haircut event on Thursday, March 1. The event was coordinated by LGBTQ+ Resource Center Director Shanti Chu, philosophy professor, and Sydney Mudd, student worker. “Not only did we have a fair number of people sign up, around 25 people, but a lot of them participated,” Mudd said. “The attendance was diverse in regards to gender, and especially gender expression.” The LGBTQ+ Resource Center felt that this event was necessary to call attention to the critically gendered structure of hair salons and barber shops. “This gendered pricing structure and the judgment that the LGBTQ+ community can experience when getting a haircut is just an example of daily macroaggressions that are extremely harmful,” Chu said. “By promoting the event as gender neutral, it calls attention to the fact that so much of what we do in our daily lives is unnecessarily gendered,” Mudd said. “Also, by marketing the event as gender neutral, it lets community members know that
they won’t be judged for the haircut they get.” Getting one’s hair cut can be anxiety-inducing for someone who does not fit the binary of boy or girl. The cosmetology students were taught in advance how to cut and style hair to be androgynous, and they were also accommodating of individuals’ identities and pronouns. However, mistakes sometimes happen. “We all make assumptions about other people’s gender based on our individual understanding of gender,” Mudd said. “Therefore, it is easy to make false assumptions. If I were to change something about the event, it would be having the participants wear name tags with personal pronouns on them. That way, no one would be misgendered and feel uncomfortable.” The LGBTQ+ Resource Center also organizes many other events that foster inclusivity throughout the year. “We organize and facilitate a mixture of educational, social, and social justice events,” Chu said. “We bring in speakers and activists to discuss issues pertaining to gender and sexuality such as Sampson McCormick, Aydian Dowling, and Pidgeon Pagonis to foster dialogue and awareness of various facets of LGBTQ+ identity.” “We also have free film nights,” Mudd said. “All of the films we show are LGBTQ+ films that show-
Shealynn Hall gets a haircut during the Gender Neurtral Haircut event. Photo courtesy of Sydney Mudd
case the intersectionality of identities with the LGBTQ+ community. It fosters a sense of inclusivity on campus because the diversity in our films mirrors the diversity of the CLC community.” Those are just a few examples of the many events held to promote inclusivity. Not all of the event the LGBTQ+ Resource Center hosts are large scale. The center operates daily to ensure there is always a safe space on campus. “We also are just an open space for CLC community members to come in if they have any questions or con-
cerns,” Chu said, “or just want to hang out, do homework, and chat after a busy day.” “The simple fact that the campus has an LGBTQ+ Resource Center and that we host community-wide events,” Mudd said, “shows the general campus population that LGBTQ+ people exist on campus; we are here and we are not going anywhere.” The mission of the LGBTQ+ Resource Center and the LGBTQ+ community as a whole is more than just inclusion. It is about enabling each individual to celebrate
who they are. “To identify in and be an advocate for the LGBTQ+ community means so much to me,” Mudd said. “I identify as a queer transgender man and being a part of the LGBTQ+ community constitutes a large part of my identity. Inclusion gives me strength to openly identify within, and advocate for my community.”
This article is a correction from the March 12 edition where a different article was incorrectly printed. The Chronicle regrets this error.
Award-winning author hosts upcoming reading and workshop An award-winning au- Campus on Thursday, thor will visit and hold a April 12. workshop the College of Jennifer Morales, from Lake County’s Grayslake Milwaukee, will host a free short story workshop from 3-4:15 p.m. in T234. She will also read from her book, “Meet Me Halfway: Milwaukee Stories,” at 7 p.m. in A013. “Meet Me Halfway” is a collection of nine, linked short stories exploring complicated relationships among African-American and Puerto Rican teens and their white classmates and teachers, Vietnam vets, Latino landlords, former Black Panthers, and all their families as they search for common Photo courtesy of University of ground. Wisconsin Press A Chicago native, Mo-
rales lived for more than 20 years in Milwaukee, where she raised children and became the first Latina to be elected to the Milwaukee Board of School Directors. She holds an M.F.A. from Antioch University– Los Angeles. Now living in Viroqua, Wisconsin, Morales is a board member of the Council for Wisconsin Writers and the Driftless Writing Center. “Milwaukee is an amazing place, and I wanted to show how much diversity, brilliance, resilience and energy there are in its people,” Morales said. “On the other hand, I also felt like I needed to
capture some of the ways racism infects daily life in the city.” Morales’ short stories have been described as “lucid, compelling, deftly crafted, thoughtful and thought-provoking,” by the “Midwest Book Review.” Published in 2015, “Meet Me Halfway” was chosen by the Wisconsin Center for the Book as the 2016 Wisconsin Book of the Year. Morales’ writing workshop, part of CLC’s Spring 2018 Reading Series, will explore how to use sensory detail and vivid, strategic language to get the reader to buy into characters’ desires.
“I chose to bring in Jennifer Morales because I had read ‘Meet Me Halfway: Milwaukee Stories,’ and the stories stunned me,” said Robin Kacel, CLC English professor and event organizer. “The way that she gets into the minds of her characters is very compelling,” Kacel said. “English teachers, writers or anyone interested in writing will find the workshop and reading beneficial.” No pre-registration is required. For information, contact Kacel at (847) 543-2561 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Philosophy hits center stage in ‘Stoners’ Daniel Lynch A&E Editor
“Stoners” is a story of inspiration that invites its viewers to disregard their stereotypes and have a thoughtful dialogue about issues that are embedded in our society. The play will serendipitously premiere on Friday, April 20 and will offer a lively night of theater and free pizza. The play is directed by philosophy professor Eric Maass, who began production of the play to encourage students to be open-minded about philosophy. Maass talked about how many people may not be open to media about philosophy because they’re impression is that it’s likely an “esoteric monologue” that wouldn’t be very engaging. He said he designed his
play to specifically counter that idea. “The play is an effort to make philosophy interesting and contemporary, and workable for our students,” Maass said. The story centers on some contemplative teens in a Chicago basement interwoven with a murder mystery. There will also be live music integrated into the performance. Maass acknowledges that people go to the theater to have a good time, and Hollywood provides us with experiences that we will never see in our day to day life and engaging entertainment can help us think critically. After the story itself concluded, Maass explained that a dialogue will open up with the audience where they will try to come to a decision if marijuana
should be legalized for recreational use in Illinois. All voices are welcome. The issue has many sides as acknowledged by professor Maass and the debate is more about open minded-
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ness and presenting information honestly than trying to convince you of a specific point of view. Maass said that he hopes the audience of the play will walk away with valuable
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Action film reboot fails to break standards
her name but her previous The jungle environment is is not the Enchantress from work hadn’t been blockbust- put to good use and it creates Suicide Squad, either. Staff Reporter er action films. Thankfully, an ambience reminiscent of He is sufficient for the she is great in the role, a Predator. film’s needs. He is given the “Tomb Raider” is an refreshing experience comHowever, it’s good that the bare minimum of character action-adventure movie di- pared to the old films. cast, directing, and acting development, but we do not rected by Roar Uthaug and starring Alicia Vikander, Daniel Wu, and Walton Goggins, released Friday, March 16. “Tomb Raider” is a reboot of the film series of the same name, based on the classic video game series from 1996. Unlike the Angelina Jolie films, this one takes inspiration from the latest reboot game that came out in 2013 and its sequel, which came Alicia Vikander stars in “Tomb Raider” as lead character Lara Croft. out in 2015. Photo courtesy of freshwallpaper.net For a video game movie, “Tomb Raider” is not half Vikander exudes a sense work, because the screen- learn really anything more bad. However, it does not of humanity, strength, and play of the film falls short. about him other than he break the infamous video yet emotion that fits the The dialogue is cringewor- wants to acquire a mystical game to movie curse in role perfectly. Her charisma thy. Some of the plot devel- artifact because he was told which films adapted from and screen presence carries opments are so obvious that to do so by his boss and can’t video games such as “Resi- scenes that could be failing you can usually predict them leave the island till he does. dent Evil” or “Doom” do not miserably. coming a mile away, there Some lip service is given perform well, but it is a step Goggins is good as the are plot aspects that feel to the fact that he has a famin the right direction if Hol- film’s villain, Mathias, who useless and could have been ily he wants to get back to lywood is going to insist on is part of a secret cabal called cut out while others feel like but that is truly it. making these. TRINITY. Wu is good with they are underdeveloped. Mathias thankfully is the For someone who might the little screen time he is The script only manages villain we deal with in the be worried this would be a given, though his character to do one thing truly right film, as his bosses are only disaster on the levels of “As- is terribly forgettable. and that is when it delivers a really in the background. sassin’s Creed” from 2016, What compliments the surprising twist towards the Which is good, because they’re in for a pleasant sur- good cast is the film’s vi- film’s climax. TRINITY is about as silly as prise. suals. George Richmond Other than that, it feels a villainous organization as The best part of the movie delivers some truly great like a script written by a ma- the Illuminati was in the first is the cast. Not having known cinematography and Uthaug chine, and a broken machine Jolie film back in 2001. Alicia Vikander was cast as directs the film’s many ac- at that. Their motivation is the Lara Croft, audiences had to tion scenes so that they are And then there is the film’s most generic one you can wait and see how she’d do. fast paced but still thrilling villain: Mathias. Mathias think of, and if this is who Vikander had an Oscar to and fun to watch. is not a good villain, but he the villains are going to be in
the sequels the film clearly is banking on happening, one can only hope they can find a more inspired way to pursue antagonists in future films. In combining the plot of two games into a two hour runtime, this film, that has two credited writers (though it feels like it was written by five who never talked to each other) feels like an unnatural Frankenstein script. The film is marketed as a more “grounded” and “realistic” take on Tomb Raider, unlike the campy schlockfest that was the Jolie films. It for the most part is more grounded, until you get to the action scenes and Lara Croft is seen being the equivalent of a punching bag in terms of physical abuse she goes through. Just because we see her boxing in the beginning does not make it any less silly that she manages to survive falling off a plane wreckage into a waterfall. This does lead to some minor tonal issues but they are easy to overlook when the movie is delivering the spectacle people going to see it expect. “Tomb Raider” is not a good film, it has its flaws-but nonetheless it is an enjoyable film. It is better than you may expect, and far superior to the awful Jolie films, but being better than those two is not exactly a high standard.
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Audiences don’t fall for ‘Love, Simon’ as true LGBTQ film Nick Sinclair
Coming-of-age comedy film, “Love, Simon,” directed by Greg Berlanti and adapted from the novel “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda” by Becky Albertalli, was released Friday, March 16. The film stars Nick Robinson who plays Simon Spier, a closeted high school senior who was conflicted about coming out as gay, especially once he caught feelings for an anonymous student pen pal who goes by the name “Blue.” The central plot revolves around Simon trying to find one of the other gay individuals at his high school, all while managing Martin, an annoying, creepy thespian who found Simon’s and Blue’s email exchanges, which he used to blackmail Simon. Martin would threaten to
expose Simon’s sexuality if he did not help him get together with Abby, one of Simon’s friends. Throughout the story there were parties, football games, and all of the other cliché high school festivities that are typically depicted in movies. “Love, Simon” ends on a high note when Simon finally meets the mysterious “Blue” and is accepted by his friends and family after coming to terms with himself, and with society’s heteronormativity. The film was a sappy, mysterious, breakthrough for gay visibility; however, it was also extremely bland and succumbed to many outdated gay stereotypes. For starters, there was very limited character development of Simon, aside from his slow acceptance with his sexual orientation, which only perpetuated the false idea that being gay is the
only determinant of a gay person’s character, as well as being the only thing he or she thinks about. Essentially there was no character development for Simon’s best friends as well, as I would not have known these characters were his friends, if it was not stated at the beginning of the film. While there were expectations of “Love, Simon” to be the coming-of-age, samesex romance John Hughes and Nicholas Sparks never got around to creating together, I was not happy by the amount of outdated and stereotypical ideals the film projected about LGBTQ individuals. Most notable was the claim that Simon’s school only had one “out” individual. This person was your typical hyper-feminine gay man, who behaves more like a woman. While there is nothing wrong with that expression
and identity, the film makes it seem as though that is the only type of gay person that existed until Simon comes along and “defies” society. Individuals of all walks of life are a part of the LGBTQ community and it is impossible to presume that there was only one individual who had come out as gay, especially at Simon’s school which was depicted as being highly populated and fairly liberal. While the film highlighted the romance of a gay teen, which is great visibility for the “G” in “LGBTQ,” it chose to focus on the most expanded on and developed identity in the media compared to the community’s counterparts that tend to be looked over. For a film that was raved about as being the first of its kind: an inclusive, gay romance, it definitely fails at being inclusive. The film’s resolution was
in fact a happy one, where Simon got the guy and they embarked on a romantic ferris wheel ride and shared their first kiss…. All while being cheered on by the other straight students. The film almost did it; it almost normalized same sex relationships as just another occurrence in daily life, until the end sequence. The final part of the movie objectified Simon’s own happy ending, turning it into nothing but a show for the other, presumably straight, students’ own enjoyment and entertainment. The moviegoer in me wanted to cheer and tear up as Simon finally finds love after a troubling senior year that required him to come to terms and embrace his sexuality, but the queer critic in me was disappointed by a movie that could have been so much more in terms of characters, plot, and LGBTQ representation.
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‘The Neighbourhood’ releases self-titled album Rebecca Martinez
American indie rock band The Neighbourhood released a self-titled album as their third studio project on March 9. Embracing a plunge into a darker, new wave sound,
The Neighbourhood includes some songs from their previously released two eps, “Hard” in September 2017, and “To Imagine” in January 2018, as well as new additions. “Flowers” opens the album as a mellow introduction, yet remains ambivalent as the song combats shim-
mering synths, lead singer Jesse Rutherford’s vulnerable falsetto with experimental autotune, and lyrics like “Every day, you want me to make/Something I hate, all for your sake/I’m such a fake, I’m just a doll/ I’m a rip-off.” “Scary Love” follows, however, as a much darker,
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synth-heavy second track. The first single off of “To Imagine,” “Scary Love” sounds like a dangerous midnight drive, with a resounding, powerful beat. The sheer intensity of this song draws the captivation of listeners for the rest of the album. “Softcore” employs further use of autotune as Rutherford sings about being in a serious relationship, and while he can’t fathom a breakup, he questions the toll it’s taking on him. This hypnotizing track, incorporating oscillating synths, stands out as The Neighbourhood fully embraces a more electronic based sound. “Sadderdaze,” previously released on “Hard,” provides a mournful pause in the energetic album, with a clever play on words. Rutherford’s voice layered over a guitar and violins echoes the nostalgia of
recalling times before the complexity of fame can interfere in one’s life; Rutherford asks, “Saturdays are not the same as they used to be/Sadder days, why do they keep on using me?” “Stuck With Me” picks the tempo back up, and closes the album with addictive synths that build the entire song. A part of “To Imagine,” the track is about the inevitability of ending up with someone, despite the struggles that arise. “You are stuck with me/ So I guess I’ll be sticking with/You are stuck with me/ So I guess I’ll be sticking with,” Rutherford repeats as the song, along with the images of the film reels of an edgy 80’s movie fade out. The Neighbourhood begin their North American tour in Denver, Colorado on April 6.
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Loss of bulletin boards strip CLC of its identity Diana Panuncial
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CLC. I have absolutely no rhythmic bone in my body. But it’s still fun to look at what’s being posted up on the bulletin boards and seeing what my fellow students can achieve. This feeling provides a sense of unity throughout a campus that would otherwise be divided by its business, biology, theater, English, and other majors. Because for many people, walking through a hallway and seeing a bulletin board is just another routine. But if they happen to glance at the right poster at the right time, isn’t that an invitation to do something out of their routine? For example, a computer science student may trek through the JLC every single day even though it’s not an area for “his or her major.” However, if that individual has been thinking of a different hobby to try to shake up his or her
Every morning walking from the parking lot onto the Grayslake campus, I enter through the James Lumber Center and head toward Student Street through a narrow hallway. There is almost nothing special about this hallway. It is not as spacious as the rest, it is dimly lit, and for many people, it is just another way to get from point A to point B. However, it is my favorite walk in the morning because it is one of the few hallways I can think of on the campus that still has bulletin boards up. This may seem trivial to most people. What’s a bulletin board other than something to glance at while rushing between classes? But bulletin boards are a way for com-
munity members to share and advertise what is going on in a unique way. It’s no secret that the College of Lake County is full of diverse students, staff, and faculty. We all fit into certain groups. Whether it’s our major, a club we’re in, or a certain class we’re taking, we all participate in activities that are a part of our identity. We all want to tack up an article from the newspaper that features a recent piano recital, or a flyer for a free yoga class, or an event sponsored by the LGBTQ+ Center that isn’t being showcased on the CLC webpage. It’s our way of giving everyone else a peek into our little world, that doesn’t seem so little anymore when we offer it to students who are passing by. I’m not a part of the performing arts program at
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usual routine, that person may see a flyer for a free Zumba class and become part of that niche. CLC is all about promoting its diversity and offering many different clubs and activities for its students to feel at home. While stripping away bulletin boards may just be a way for CLC to rebrand, it’s doing so in more of a negative way than a positive way. Bulletin boards can sometimes be the only way for certain groups to promote activities. They may be the only way that, for example, the paralegal program can promote all of their achievements or career paths for students. It’s one thing for students to look on the CLC website and see what’s offered, but isn’t it more intimate, somehow more fulfilling, if they stumble upon the opportunity themselves without looking for it? As a compromise, there have been talks of CLC installing more screen monitors across campus so that flyers can be posted digitally, but this compromise seems to raise more problems than it does solutions. CLC can invest all the money it wants on installing screen monitors, but those are even easier to ignore, especially when the flyer that caught your attention disappears long before you could even read it. There are also issues of
getting everything up on the monitors. Will each group be equally represented, or will there just be an abundance of one or two programs? On top of that, there is also talk that what will be presented on the monitor has to be approved by administration in the first place. How often will that be? How easy will that be? How do we know that the administration is not filtering the monitors, or handpicking what should be seen more than the rest? Depending on which route CLC decides to take as the renovations go on throughout all three campuses, as much as it sounds like a broken record, CLC must remember its mission. It’s even unfortunate that I have to write that it “sounds like a broken record” because that’s only an indication that things like this continue to happen. Some may think that removing bulletin boards is, again, a trivial thing in comparison to the other issues that CLC is dealing with, but the core of it is that students, faculty, and staff are losing a way to communicate with each other and express themselves. While CLC continues to rebrand itself, I hope that removing bulletin boards isn’t any indication that CLC is losing a crucial part of its identity.
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Tuition increase expels low-income students Juan Toledo
College of Lake County students will witness a $3 tuition increase for the fall 2018 semester, and the college has already projected a decline in enrollment. Unfortunately, the students that will be most affected by this decision will be low-income students. Community colleges are great places for lowincome students, many of whom are also first generation, to gain the firsthand experience navigating through the higher education process without risking the cost of a four-year university. Because many students attending community colleges are low-income, these institutions should be making a greater effort to hold the line on tuition so that their students have
just as much chance to succeed as the financially able student who can attend a four-year institution. The Department of Education interprets low income status in at least three different ways: the legislative definition (no parent in the household has a bachelor’s degree) and the two used for research (no education after high school; no degree after high school). According to Data USA, Lake County’s median household income currently sits at $82,133. Only 12.5 percent of all students whose parents didn’t get a bachelor’s degree come from families with incomes exceeding $106,000, according to an analysis of federal data by Robert Kelchen, an assistant professor at Seton Hall University. However, a student’s success rate extends far beyond household income.
According to the Institute of Higher Education Policy, if students who attended a four-year university had parents with no education after high school, only 50 percent graduate within six years. It’s abundantly clear that the odds are stacked against low-income students, and while community colleges are good stepping stones to help push students with little to no experience toward a college degree, the pressures of attending and paying for a four-year university still linger. Colleges promote social mobility, yet making it more expensive would be counter intuitive for an institution, especially when the students at risk of failing out of school don’t have sufficient financial support. Someone once told me “time is a flat circle.” Everything we’ve done,
we’ll keep doing forever. If the college continues to neglect these students, then perhaps we can expect to see a generation of working-class heroes shuffle in and out of the education system as a reminder to those whom can afford it that failure is only an option to those who can’t afford to better themselves. The college’s number game is to compensate for the decline in enrollment with a tuition increase, but this is again an example of CLC operating like a business. This shows that the college disregards those who it intended to serve, which are low-income students who’ll be hurt the most by a $3 tuition increase. So when CLC’s enrollment number drops, those who have decided not to come to CLC are most likely to be at the bottom of the economic ladder.
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Recycling experiment shows promise at CLC Anna Myers
Over the past month, I have worked with student Daniel Buranosky and sustainability manager David Husemoller to conduct a recycling study at the College of Lake County. In this experiment, we wanted to measure the effectiveness that explanatory recycling signs have on the percentage of students recycling at CLC. The recycling signs told students what to recycle and what not to recycle. Recycling is not only
important for our ecosystems, but is also important for our lives. Once plastic is created it cannot be destroyed, so the best thing we can do is reuse the plastic already created to avoid making more. Buranosky has already helped conduct several other environmental studies and hopes to see changes in the way we take care of our planet in the future. Alex Dayenian, student, said that the amount of plastic being used and demanded is “way higher than we can handle.” “Reusing plastic seems like an ideal thing,” he said. We had 17 signs scattered evenly throughout the campus above different garbage and recycling cans. Every Thursday night, we gathered to observe
the results of the past five weeks. From this, we draw our conclusions on how effective our signs have become. We did this by counting bottles and cans in each classroom trash can and
recycling bin, and then by weighing the trash and recycling bins in the hallways. The control groups were trash and recycling bins with no additional recycling sign above them. A few students around CLC were asked if they’ve
seen the signs and if the signs have helped making the decision on where to throw something away. “I’ve seen these signs everywhere from the cafeteria to my psychology class, which is super cool because it gives examples of where things should be thrown away like my soda can,” said student Fernando Taboada. CLC student Nadia Ontiveros said that some of her favorite ways to help the environment are to “not litter, pick up trash, and not use straws.” She also said she hopes to see recycling and environmental policy be taken more seriously in the future. This is first-hand proof that these signs have significant influence throughout the campus and help people who throw their
lunch or their paper assignments away in the wrong bin. Over the course of our study, recycling rates increased in both the classrooms and hallways. When Buranosky calculated the percent increase of recycling, he found that the recycling in the classrooms had increased by over 20%. The students claimed that positive change helps make a huge difference within our ecosystems. This is a significant step towards a better future at CLC and a better, cleaner, eco-smart world.
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Education funding cut, teachers strike back Kevin Tellez
Teachers from all of West Virginia’s 55 counties took to the streets to strike, tenaciously demanding for an increase in pay for their work, late February. Due to the strike, every school across the state had to shut down when all of the teachers, dressed in red, crowded the state capitol of Charleston. Strikes of this caliber for issues of this magnitude are justified. Educators and instructors, especially in the high school and college level, are charged with building the country’s future leaders, and without proper funding, that vision becomes all the more difficult to attain. Students are impressionable and need as much guidance as possible, from as many reliable instructors as possible. Without paying teachers to justly compensate for the effort they put into teaching their students, the result is droves of young people being left unable to receive the academia that all people should strive to attain. Later in the week, the Senate passed a bill granting a 4 percent increase in salaries for the teachers of West Virginia. However, tensions had thickened amongst those on strike, considering the teachers had negotiated
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with the state for a 5% increase instead. The strikes in West Virginia were premeditated throughout the month. Throughout the earlier weeks of February, teachers had organized smaller strikes in the southern counties of West Virginia prior to the big statewide strike. On the weekend of Feb. 24-25, West Virginia governor James C. Justice had announced that he would attain the funds for a 5% raise, but the teachers continued on their strike, refusing the basis of a simple verbal promise rather than a de-facto action. The strikes have since been spreading outside of West Virginia; however, when teachers from Arizona organized several “Red for Ed” demonstrations, Kentucky teachers held strikes of their own in response to proposed cuts to their pension. The same course of ac-
tion is expected to occur on April 2, which is when teachers from the state of Oklahoma are planning another statewide strike, demanding a raise in salary-- the first one they’ll received in over a decade. Refusing to increase the pay of school teachers- or worse, making cuts to educational funding- causes less and less instructors to find the incentive to stick with their educational career. The once shining and promising leaders of tomorrow become lost without the proper guidance of their equally poised instructors Oklahoma state schools have been suffering from a lack of funding; about a fifth of Oklahoma school districts have shortened their school week to four days, and teachers from across the state have taken to working separate jobs to make ends meet. On March 12, Oklahoma
teachers took the first steps to launching protests, walking out of work the moment the last bell of the day rang. After-school tutoring and grading was put on hold for the walkout. As of now, no word has been made official in regards to financial support for state education. With the times changing, proper academic funding is becoming more and more necessary- not only for teachers’ salary, but for schools in general. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 50.7 million students have been recorded to attend primary and secondary schools across America in fall of 2017, up from 50.6 million that were recorded in fall of 2016, 50.5 million in fall 2015, and 50.3 in fall 2014. Despite the relative small size, the numbers of students are increasing nonetheless. And with that increase in size comes a greater need
for funding. More students will need access to better educational systems to further their education. That could mean additional education programs or building renovations to better accommodate the student body. The College of Lake County’s Grayslake Campus had opened up a renovated C-Wing and an addition to the A-Wing in the beginning of the Spring 2018 semester, both of which were built to help house the students more comfortably. Not only do they help house the student body, but they also allow for more classes to be accommodated appropriately. In the A-Wing, science courses are able to conduct with proper, updated materials and tools for more complex work. Both additions to campus of which students had felt the school had improved. Although this case is small, they show the value in a governmental eye that pays attention to education, and how well it will pay off for the future of the country’s leadership. With Oklahoma cutting funding to their education system and West Virginia cutting the salaries of their teachers, who knows what else lies in the future of American education? With the amount of debt that the country is accumulating, the leaders of tomorrow don’t seem to have it made, to say the least.
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CLC remembers coveted wrestling program Brandon Ferrara Staff Reporter The College of Lake County offers a variety of athletic programs for students, giving them chances to compete at higher levels after high school and to foster their passions, but wrestling is not one of them. CLC student, Ronnie Lester, competed for Vernon Hills High School’s wrestling program. “Wrestling is a sport that not only challenges your body, but also your mind. It teaches you commitment to a whole different level than any other sport,” Lester said. “I think one of the benefits of having wrestling at CLC would be that it can
make us more unique than all the other community colleges in the area.” Lester said that a lot of people at CLC he knows also wrestled at the high schools they went to. He then added that those same people would also try out for the sport or at least support the team if CLC had one, like they did years ago. Director of Athletics and Physical Activities, Nic Scandrett, said wrestling hasn’t been a sport at CLC for about 20 years. Many athletes in the Skyway Conference were not going out for the sport so many schools started dropping their programs. Eventually, there weren’t enough schools to make it a sanctioned sport, and as a result, the rest of the schools in the
conference, along with CLC, dropped wrestling all together, Scandrett said. Besides the popularity of the sport, there are other reasons it hasn’t come back. “In order to be compliant with Title IX, we’d have to create the same amount of equal opportunities for our female athletes as well as for our male athletes,” Scandrett said. “Title IX is all about the equal opportunity to compete,” he said. “CLC’s athletic program is based on scholarships, so if men’s wrestling was added, there would need to be a balance between men’s and women’s sports as a whole.” As a result, it would be very difficult to construct
a wrestling program for a second time. Despite this, students who support wrestling can still reminisce of what the sport accomplished at CLC. Above the bleachers in the gym a banner hangs in memorince of the team.
Along with that, multiple wrestlers are honored on CLC’s “Wall of Fame” for their conference titles they earned. While the wrestling may be gone it is not forgotten, as it will always remain a part of the college’s history.
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Students continue following March Madness despite FBI investigations William Becker
Lead Layout Editor Every March, millions of Americans sit down to fill out their brackets for the upcoming NCAA tournament. This current March Madness tournament has continued to keep up in popularity despite the FBI’s investigation in under-the-table payments from coaches to players. In February, Yahoo broke a report stating more than 25 current and former players at more than 20 different Division I programs were or are receiving impermissible benefits from coaches. These findings came from just one agency alone who were representatives of the 25 plus players. Despite these findings, no damage has been done to the continuously rising popularity of the sports
biggest stage. According to ESPN, in 2017 more than 70 million brackets were filled and more than 10 billion dollars worth of bets were places. In 2018, those numbers haven’t diminished. While this year the bets and popularity has gone up, the chances of someone having a perfect bracket dropped faster than any other year. What’s taking people attention off the investigations is the uniqueness of this years games. It has been the year of upsets. For the first time tournament history, a 16 seed (UMBC) beat a 1 seed (UVA). Along with that Loyola - Chicago is only the 4th 11 seed to make it to the final four. CLC student Isaiah Fitts said he has enjoyed this year’s tournament, and thinks all of this years upsets are good for the sport.
“I think it is good for the games because it humbles the athletic programs that are traditionally the number one seeds, like Duke and Kansas,” Fitts said. “Plus, it gives hope for the schools that did beat those top seeds showing they can compete at that high level.” Fellow CLC student Bradley Fisher said he also feels this year tournament has been good for the sport. “It’s good for the those teams who are ‘Cinderellas’ to be winning and getting some experience in the tournament,” Fisher said. “This year you have Loyola and Michigan in the Final Four. It’s good to have those diversity of teams so you don’t see the same blue and white colors every year deep in the tournament.” While Fitts is a big basketball fan and would still pay attention to the tournament if he didn’t have a
bracket, Fisher wouldn’t and neither CLC student Brian Acosta. Along with Fitts and Fisher, Acosta also likes all of the upsets. He said he enjoys them because he likes how it gives everyone who made a bracket a fair chance, including people who don’t know a lot about basketball. While games are drawing in a lot of people who don’t know a lot about basketball, it’s also drawing in a lot of people who do. One of these people is CLC student Quinn Landl. Landl has made four brackets for this year’s tournament. He said he likes the games because of the excitement and raw emotion the players put into the game. Landl also said he is well aware of the FBI investigations going on in the NCAA. He said this did not
bug him or halt his viewing of college basketball because he thinks the players deserve to get paid. “Very little players get full scholarships, but they hope they hope to get scholarships so they try really hard,” Landl said. “It’s their life’s passion. You wouldn’t find it so easy to give up a life’s passion. They’ve spent years getting better hoping at the chance to go pro.” Landl said the players spend so much time working for their sport they don’t have a chance to get a job to live. He also said they should get paid for like it is a job because of this. The combination of people’s opinions on the FBI’s findings and the uniqueness of this year’s tournament are not slowing down the popularity of a sport many people love.